Whereas Indonesia has been among the many world’s badminton powerhouses for many years, not one of the previous distinguished shuttlers hailed from the Island of Gods. A youngster from Bali is rising to prominence at this yr’s Uber Cup to alter that narrative.
Born in Denpasar on Oct. 21, 2022, Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi is at present ranked 203rd on this planet, however she is the highest-ranked participant within the girls’s singles class for the Indonesian squad on the competitors.
The Indonesian Badminton Affiliation (PBSI) determined to process the kids for this yr’s feminine staff because the seniors have set their give attention to securing gold medals on the 2022 SEA Video games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Nineteen-year-old Komang Ayu is touted to be the subsequent huge factor for the Indonesian staff after she managed to win each of her Uber Cup matches prior to now week. Main her staff in opposition to each France and Germany, Komang Ayu managed to beat Forty third-ranked Qi Xuefei and Twenty fifth-ranked Yvonne Li respectively.
Komang, who joined legendary badminton membership PB Djarum in 2016 on the age of 14, grew to become the speak of the badminton neighborhood after securing silver on the Indonesian Nationwide Video games final yr.
She was additionally spectacular at this yr’s Badminton Asia Championship held in Manila a number of weeks in the past by beating China’s Han Yue and gave world #1 Akane Yamaguchi from Japan a run for her cash. Yamaguchi narrowly defeated Komang with the rating of 21-23, 22-9, 21-19. It must be famous that Komang was ranked 317th on the time.
Komang misplaced to China’s #1 Chen Yufei within the opening match between a formidable China and Indonesia within the quarterfinals. Regardless of the frustration, the truth that Komang fell to an Olympic gold medalist could mark Indonesia’s return to change into a drive to be reckoned with within the girls’s class.
The chairman of the Bali chapter of PBSI, Wayan Winurjaya, advised Coconuts he’s pleased with Komang Ayu’s achievements. He added that she serves for instance as to why expertise spotters ought to take note of younger gamers from Bali.
Wayan highlighted different Balinese girls’s singles gamers Made Deya Surya Saraswati and Ni Made Pranita Sulistya Devi, each aged 24, who had been born and educated at small golf equipment in Bali but managed to shine on the nationwide degree. Each Balinese gamers even met within the finals of the 2015 Djarum’s nationwide circuit.
Nonetheless, Wayan stated that each gamers are usually not favored in comparison with different gamers whereas they had been on the nationwide staff.
“Each [Made Deya and Made Pranita] have been spectacular since they had been children however they’ve by no means been given an opportunity to compete internationally whereas they had been on the nationwide staff,” he stated.
“There are a lot of junior gamers in Bali who’re simply as proficient [as Komang Ayu],” he added.
Different Indonesian kids within the squad have additionally impressed spectators and commentators with their combating spirit at Uber Cup. Bilqis Prasista, 18, impressively beat Yamaguchi within the fixture between Indonesia and Japan. The daughter of badminton legends Joko Suprianto and Zelin Resiana, who’ve gained the Thomas and Uber Cup for the Indonesian staff, respectively, has been a breath of contemporary air on the court docket.
Indonesia gained the Uber Cup in 1994 and 1996 throughout its golden interval for ladies’s badminton. On the time, Indonesia was capable of depend on legends resembling Olympic gold medalist Susy Susanti and silver medalist Mia Audina. Since then, the ladies’s staff has been struggling to hit the identical heights on the competitors, primarily on account of insecurity of their gamers and accidents.
This yr, Indonesia finally misplaced to China within the quarterfinals, however the younger weapons have proven that they’re right here for the long term. Bilqis, who performed within the third match, managed to push one other Chinese language high participant, He Bingjiao, to a few units.
Because the BWF badminton social media account places it, the kids are alright. On this case, the Indonesian children.